Rev. Derek graduated from UC Berkeley with a Master’s of Divinity from the Pacific School of Religion. He began his ministry as an associate pastor at Wesley UMC in San Jose before returning to his native Southern California to serve North Gardena UMC. Rev. Derek remained with North Gardena for 17 years, including during its transition to becoming Faith UMC when it moved locations to Torrance, CA.
Rev. Derek is married to Pam. Their family also includes Kira, the dog.